There was much horse-trading over RJD boss Lalu Yadav’s prized stallion. After all the hullabaloo over the sale of the horse at Asia's largest cattle fair in Sonepur, Pawan's reins it seems went to the "wrong" hands.
The sale of the high-profile horse kicked up much dust on Sunday. Though it went for a fetching amount — a whopping Rs 1,01,001 — Lalu was left with egg on his face.
As word spread that the Rs 1.5 lakh Pawan has finally got a customer after harrowing days of no buyer willing to pay the hefty amount, a beaming Lalu couldn't have asked for more. But by evening that smile on his face faded when he got to know that his bete noire and legislator from Mokama, Anant Singh, had bought the horse on the sly.
The story goes like this. The first buyer — Baleshwar Rai, a resident of Rabri Devi's Raghopur Assembly constituency and a 'Lalu fan' — apparently forked out the Rs 1,01,001 amount for Pawan saying he wanted to purchase the horse to come closer to the RJD boss.
"I did a lot of work in the elections, but every time I came across Lalu, he asked me my name. Now, he will remember me always," he told curious onlookers and mediapersons.
At this point, Singh arrived on the scene and offered Rs 1,11,001 in lieu of the horse. Rai agreed to part with Pawan, but one of Lalu's man informed the chief. An angry Lalu immediately called up Rai and told him not to sell the horse to anyone else.
Rai hiked Pawan's price to Rs 1,51,000 which Singh refused to pay. No one knew what transpired between the two but after a while, a jubilant Singh was seen galloping away with Pawan, having made Lalu bite the dust.
When HT contacted Singh, he shot back, "Rai was my man. I had sent him to see the horse and buy it. As soon as he finalised the deal, he informed me and bought it for Rs 1,11,001." That makes a lot of horse sense as a way to get back at your rival.